10th Edition of Macdonald’s Immigration Law & Practice is dedicated to the life & legacy of Ian Macdonald QC

6 July 2021

The landmark 10th Edition of Macdonald’s Immigration Law & Practice has been dedicated to the life and legacy of the late Ian Macdonald QC whose unwavering commitment and passion for immigration law and practice are imbued within the pages of the book. Ian was a founding member and former Head of Garden Court North Chambers and Joint Head of Garden Court Chambers with Owen Davies for over 30 years. The first edition of Macdonald’s Immigration Law & Practice was published almost 40 years ago. Ian was Editor-in-chief throughout that time.

The book is widely recognised as the “immigration practitioners’ bible”, ranking high amongst Ian’s many accomplishments. It is acknowledged as an essential part of Ian’s lasting legacy.

This leading work published by Lexis Nexis Butterworths provides detailed analysis of all aspects of domestic and international immigration, asylum and nationality law, policy and case law. Copies can be purchased here from the Lexis Nexis website.

Natalie Wilkins of Garden Court North Chambers’ immigration team is one of the contributors to this edition together with Amanda Weston QC, Kathryn Cronin, Peter Jorro, Rebecca Chapman, Grace Brown, Louise Hooper, Desmond Rutledge, Maha Sardar, Andrew Eaton, Mark Symes, Greg Ó Ceallaigh, Helen Foot, Gemma Loughran, Emma Fitzsimons, Taimour Lay, David Sellwood, Miranda Butler and Ubah Dirie of Garden Court Chambers’ and Anthony Vaughan and Shu Shin Luh of Doughty Street Chambers.

What’s new in this edition:

  • Impact of Brexit on EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members, including the EU Settlement Scheme, the Withdrawal Agreement, and the ending of EEA free movement rights
  • Impact of Brexit across multiple areas of immigration law, including asylum law, Dublin returns, human trafficking, the common travel area and the position of Irish citizens in immigration law
  • All significant developments in refugee and protection law, including developments in the law relating to cessation and exclusion; the approach to the evaluation of evidence, particularly expert medical and country evidence and the impact of Brexit
  • Effect of the 28 statements of changes to the immigration rules since the last edition, including the new post-Brexit Points Based System for workers and students, the new general grounds for refusal and the new visitor rules
  • Effects of the ‘hostile environment’ under the Immigration Acts 2014 and 2016
  • The major changes to the application of Article 8 of the ECHR following its statutory codification by Part 5A of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 and a series of landmark judgments in the Supreme Court
  • Impact of the Supreme Court judgment in AM (Zimbabwe) on Article 3
  • Development of immigration judicial review particularly associated with the loss of appeal rights
  • Hundreds of decisions from the ECtHR, the CJEU, the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Administrative Court and Upper Tribunal
  • Developments in the law relating to detention under the Immigration Acts; bail under Schedule 10 to the Immigration Act 2016; the Adults at Risk Statutory Guidance and policy under Immigration Act 2016, s. 59 and recent Supreme Court cases on detention and bail powers
  • Operation of the appeals system, including the transitional arrangements for EEA appeals, the new appeal rights for EU Settlement Scheme applicants and frontier workers and developments in appeal practice and procedure
  • Developments in the courts’ and tribunals’ jurisprudence, including more than 30 decisions of the Supreme Court dealing with the subject matter of the book

The General Editors, Stephanie Harrison QC (Joint Head of Garden Court Chambers), Ronan Toal and Sadat Sayeed, are leaders in the field and practice from Garden Court Chambers Immigration Team. David Neale is a legal researcher and former barrister at Garden Court Chambers.

Garden Court and Garden Court North are hugely grateful to all those who dedicated their expertise, time and commitment to writing and publishing this 10th Edition and in doing so, honouring Ian Macdonald QC’s unique and lasting impact on immigration law and practice in the UK and beyond.

This article is posted with thanks to Garden Court Chambers in London

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